9 Evenings was a span of performances held in October 1966 at the 25th Street Armory in New York City.It was organized by the foundation Experiments in Art & Technology, which encouraged creative interaction between industry, engineers, and artists.Performances included pieces by John Cage, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Yvonne Rainer, and Robert Rauschenberg.
This early Rauschenberg transfer drawing is now on view, along with other gems from the Whitney Museum’s collection, in the exhibition Shaping a Collection: Five Decades of Gifts, on view through October 19.
Image: Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, 1958. Solvent transfer on paper with graphite, gouache, watercolor, and paper, 24 1/8 × 36 1/8 inches (61.6 × 91.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Friedman. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, NYC
We are thrilled to announce that the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is partnering with Artsy.net to launch the Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Competition. The competition is intended to foster a new generation of curators by providing online access to digital resources and collections, including works by Robert Rauschenberg, as well as to explore new curatorial perspectives, scholarship, and dialogues on art. The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students around the world and will launch September 22, 2014, on Artsy.net.
Image: Rauschenberg and curator Walter Hopps installing Rauschenberg’s “Minutiae” (1954) for his 1976 retrospective exhibition. Photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni, www.gianfrancogorgoni.it
by Dion Tan, ARTINFO
As climate change poses increasing threats to our agriculture, MDNY artist Tattfoo Tan challenges us to reduce food waste by rethinking what produce should look like. In a new piece for Creative Time Reports, Tan shares creative techniques for salvaging deformed vegetables which, with a little love, are transformed into beautiful meals.
Photos by Tattfoo Tan, 2013
Kindred Spirits: Paul Taylor & Robert Rauschenberg
Join Sotheby’s Hugh Hildesley as he learns more about the extended Paul Taylor family, including the wonderful working relationship between Taylor and artist Robert Rauschenberg. Paul Taylor recounts how he met Rauschenberg and their collaboration across twelve dance pieces, with Rauschenberg contributing costumes and set pieces. Rauschenberg’s Combine and Tracer will be sold to benefit the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation in our Contemporary Evening Auction to be held on 14 May in New York.
Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Venetian), 1973. Cardboard, string and newsprint, 62 x 97.5 x 17 in. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Gift of Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Museum purchase through prior gifts of Barry Tenzer and Richard S. Zeisler Bequest, 2013.
For the Hyperallergic article US Museums Acquire Nine Works by Robert Rauschenberg, Hrag Vartanian spoke with Rauschenberg Foundation Senior Curator David White about the works recently acquired through our Gift/Purchase program: “Bob [Rauschenberg] is best known for the Combines in the 1950s. By and large, at this point, almost all of them are in them are in museum collections,” White says. “What we have in the foundation are some of the works that might be less well known … but the more you’re familiar with Bob’s work, the more you see they are related to each other. It’s not about stopping [at one thing], but it’s all about openness and his celebrating materials. He was very enthusiastic. He would say that he was happiest when he was getting up and going to his studio and working.”
Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/VAGA, NYC
SFMOMA NEWS: Meet Rosalie!
SFMOMA has just acquired a 1971 wall sculpture by Robert Rauschenberg titled Rosalie / Red Cheek / Temporary Letter / Stock. Rauschenberg moved from New York to Captiva Island, Florida, in fall 1970, and began a new series, the Cardboards, that repurposed used boxes as raw material for sculpture. Rosalie neatly encapsulates this Florida-to-New York transition through two mailing labels that the artist affixed to the “Red Cheek” apple cider box during his move. He addressed one label to himself in the general delivery for Captiva; the other, a return label, bears the address of his New York studio.
SFMOMA acquired Rosalie through the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artwork Gift and Purchase program, and the sculpture has been added to the Rauschenberg Research Project, our online Rauschenberg catalogue published last summer.
Robert Rauschenberg, Melic Meeting (Spread), 1979.The New Orleans Museum of Art. Gift of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, partially in honor of Dora Rauschenberg, and Museum purchase with funds provided by The Helis Foundation. Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
This week we announced that six major museums across the United States have acquired nine works by Robert Rauschenberg through our Gift/Purchase Program.
This one-year program was designed to expand public access to and awareness of the artist’s work by offering museums a rare opportunity to acquire artworks from the foundation’s holdings through equal parts gift and purchase.
"When Rauschenberg’s work transferred to the foundation, we committed ourselves to ensuring the broadest access possible to his art by helping to place works in museum collections," said Christy MacLear, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. "These pieces represent the strength of Rauschenberg’s work in the 1970s and 1980s and further his legacy of artistic innovation. We could not be more pleased to have them acquired by some of America’s finest institutions."
See the list of participating museums and images of the newly-acquired works on our website.
Robert Rauschenberg, Pilgrim, 1960. Combine: oil, graphite, paper, printed paper, and fabric on canvas, with painted wood chair, 79 1/4 x 53 7/8 x 18 5/8 in. Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NYC
See Pilgrim in Hauser & Wirth’s Re-View: Onnasch Collection, opening tonight at 511 W. 18th Street, New York. On view through April 12, 2014.
We Are the Eighth of Kind: a collaboration between Lonnie Holley, Ramin Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian and Rokni Haerizadeh at the Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida, January 2014
Shirin Neshat talks about the One-to-One initiative and her new series, Our House is On Fire, on view January 31 - March 1 at the Rauschenberg Project Space. Video by Artspace.